Microsoft has launched its Groups progressive internet app (PWA) for Linux platforms as a characteristic of the prevailing internet consumer.
The Groups PWA is meant because the substitute for the Groups Linux consumer, which Microsoft lastly launched in 2019 however final month inspired Linux customers to ditch for the upcoming Groups PWA, which could be put in through Chrome and Edge. The PWA choice is simply accessible for Linux and is obtainable as an set up through a browser notification. Microsoft will retire the Groups Linux desktop consumer in December, in response to Petri.
The Groups PWA presents “desktop-like” options resembling system notifications for chat and channel, dock icon with respective controls, utility auto-start, and quick access to system app permissions.
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It additionally helps background results, gallery view, reactions, raised hand in settings, giant gallery, and collectively mode views. Microsoft started testing these options on Groups for internet in 2021.
Based on Microsoft, the PWA for Linux lets it “bridge the gaps between the Groups desktop consumer on Linux and Home windows” and lets it ship the newest Microsoft Groups options quicker to Linux customers.
“Linux clients who depend on Microsoft Groups for collaboration and communication wants advised us they need the complete richness of Groups options accessible for his or her customers in a safe manner. This will now be achieved utilizing the Groups PWA,” Microsoft explains in a blogpost.
Moreover, the Groups PWA for Linux can be utilized with Conditional Entry configuration utilized via Microsoft’s Endpoint Supervisor. Conditional Entry is a policy-based safety enforcement mechanism that can be utilized by admins to require, for instance, sure roles to make use of multi-factor authentication when accessing an internet app. On this case, it permits Linux customers to entry the Groups internet utility whereas utilizing Edge.
Previous to the Linux desktop consumer’s availability in 2019, it had been one of many high requested options on Microsoft’s outdated Groups UserVoice web site.
Microsoft’s blogpost has acquired blended evaluations from customers of the Groups consumer. Some appreciated the PWA and say it really works nice, however others complain it is unstable and missing options.
Microsoft has constructed a number of instruments for Linux in recent times, principally centered on builders and the cloud. There’s the Home windows Subsystem for Linux with a Microsoft-built Linux kernel, Chromium-based Edge for Linux, the Microsoft Linux distribution Frequent Base Linux, (CBL)-Mariner, and its comparatively new Microsoft 365 CloudPC, which is out there throughout all platforms, together with Linux. However the Groups Linux desktop consumer was a standout amongst its Workplace suite, whose apps in any other case solely run within the browser or a VM on Linux.